ICAN’s work is conducted from a multidisciplinary perspective and requires the involvement of representatives from multiple County, City, State and sometimes Federal agencies.  As a result, ICAN has solid working relationships and connections with other agencies and organizations, working collaboratively with professionals and volunteers involved in the protection and well-being of children.

Leadership and Staff

Deanne Tilton Durfee, ICAN Executive Director, NCFR Chair
Executive Director, Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN). Ms. Tilton Durfee has been a leader in the field of child welfare and child fatality review for more than twenty years. Under her leadership, ICAN coordinates services among public and private agencies for the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse in Los Angeles County . She is the past Chairperson of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. She holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


Edie Shulman, Assistant Director
Edie Shulman is the Assistant Director for ICAN. She is manages the ICAN Family and Children’s Index, ICAN’s role pursuant to AB 1733 and AB 2994, development of countywide protocols for the response to incidents of domestic violence when children reside in the home (GERDA) and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and the Undetermined Subcommittee of the CDRT. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and a

Juris Doctor degree.


Sandy DeVos, Program Administrator
Sandy DeVos has been with ICAN since 2008.  She coordinates the Child Death Review Team and writes the Team annual report.  Ms. DeVos also provides staff support to the Expecting Youth and Parenting Task Force, the Child and Adolescent Suicide Review Team, and the GERDA Task Force.  She has been with LA County since 1979 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. (LCSW)


Lidia Escobar, ICAN and NCFR Program Administrator
Lidia Manetta Escobar, LCSW, has a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California; and Bachelors Degrees  in Psychology and in Criminology from University of California, Irvine. She has been with LA County since 2000 where she has worked as a Social Worker, Dependency Investigator, Supervisor and Trainer.


Cathy Walsh, Program Administrator
Cathy Walsh has been with ICAN since 2002.  She has primary responsibility for the Safely Surrendered Baby Law Program, the Nexus Training Conference, and the Cyber Crime Prevention Committee.  Ms. Walsh also provides staff support to the Los Angeles County Community Child Abuse Councils.  She also prepares an annual summary of findings on the ICAN Child Abduction Task Force. This special report is included in ICAN’s Data Information Share Committee report “The State of Child Abuse in Los Angeles County.”  Prior to joining ICAN, Ms. Walsh was an Assistant Regional Administrator at DCFS.  Ms. Walsh received her MSW from UCLA and her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University.


Tom Fraser, Program Administrator
Tom Fraser is a seasoned administrator with over 28 years of experience.  His assignments have included a number of key administrative positions at DCFS Headquarters.  At ICAN, he has primary responsibility for the Child and Adolescent Suicide Review Team, the Data Committee and State of Child Abuse in Los Angeles County Annual Report, the ICAN multi-agency Training Committee, and the ICAN Child Abduction Task Force.  He has a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor's in Criminology from Southern Oregon University.


Karla Latin, Administrative Assistant III
Karla Latin, is the Administrative Assistant to the ICAN Executive Director. She is the central source of information for staff regarding process, procedure, and protocols for office management.  Karla began her service with Los Angeles County in 1996. Various assignments throughout her tenure include working with Health Services, Department of Public Works, the Sheriff’s Department, and Parks and Recreation.


Sabina Alvarez, Sr. Secretary IV
Ms. Alvarez has worked with the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) for over 25 years as a Senior Secretary IV.  She is the primary Secretary for the ICAN Executive Director.  She is also the point person for staff and for information on every project.  In addition, she provides secretarial support to ICAN Associates which is the non-profit organization that supports ICAN and the ICAN Program Administrators.


Lorraine Abasta, Secretary IV
Ms. Abasta has worked a number of clerical positions for over thirty years at MacLaren Children’s Center in El Monte. Since 2002 she has worked for the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) as a Senior Secretary IV for the ICAN Executive Director. In addition, she provides secretarial support to ICAN Associates which is the non-profit organization that supports ICAN and the ICAN Program Administrator’s.


Michael Durfee, M.D., NCFR Chief Consultant 
Dr. Durfee, a child psychiatrist, began multi-agency child fatality review in 1975 and initiated the first team in Los Angeles County in 1978. He has published in the medical literature on child death, child sexual abuse, and grief and mourning in child in survivors of fatal/severe family violence .


Paul Click, Technical Training Coordinator
Mr. Click was with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 25 years, including 12 years as a supervisor of child abuse criminal investigations. He specializes in networking and database design, and has built several databases for the LA County Sheriff 's Department and other agencies.


John Solano, Information Technician Coordinator and Graphic Designer
John is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute, San Dimas in the field of Software Devlopment and Project Management. He is the lead designer for ICAN/NCFR publications and the coordinator for technical assistance, and web maintenance and design.


Kenneth Rios, Project Coordinator
Mr. Rios is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in the field of history with emphasis in specific topics related to the California Subject Examination for Teachers in Social Sciences. He is responsible for coordinating and tracking all NCFR Projects, including conferences, and managing the NCFR Library."


Michael Pines, Ph.d, Consultant
Dr. Pines an adjunct professor in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology,
and he delivers crisis intervention throughout the country and consults with parents of high-risk adolescents in his private practice in Northridge, California. He is the Founder and Co-chair of the Los Angeles County Child & Adolescent Suicide Review Team.